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Food Trucks and Vendors Banned From DTLA ArtWalk
Officials have decided to ban food trucks as well as street vendors and performers from all future downtown LA ArtWalk events on the heels of the tragic death of a 2-month-old boy, reports ABC 7.
The boy was killed when a driver trying to park his car jumped the curb and struck the child while he was seated in a stroller. The car struck the boy's mother as well, however she survived the incident.
Following the accident, a petition was created to shut down the streets between Spring St. and Main St. from 2nd St. to 8th St. to cars altogether during ArtWalk. Rather than clear the streets of vehicles, though, the move to take away food trucks and vendors was apparently done with the intention of reducing the number of people at the event. According to ABC:
"We're hopeful that the safety changes we're implementing for tomorrow's art walk will allow us to reduce large crowds drawn to non-art related activities," Councilman Jose Huizar said in a statement released with Councilwoman Jan Perry. Their council districts share the Downtown Art Walk.